Research is vital in moving the field of family therapy forward, but the myriad of possibilities inherent in working with systems and individuals can overwhelm even the most seasoned researcher. Advanced Methods in Family Therapy Research is the best resource to address the day-to-day questions that researchers have as they investigate couples and families, and the best source for learning long-term theory and methodology. The contributors of this volume share their wisdom on a wide variety of topics including validity concerns, measuring interpersonal process and relational change, dyadic data analysis (demonstrated through a sample research study), mixed methods studies, and recruitment and retention. The volume contains one of the most detailed descriptions of data collections and covers interviewing, using questionnaires, and observing brain activity. Also addressed are suggestions to meaningfully reduce cultural bias, to conduct ethical research, and, in the Health Services Research chapter, to examine interventions for clients in various income brackets. A separate, ground-breaking chapter also addresses psychophysiological research in a couple and family therapeutic context. As an added benefit, readers will learn how to become informed consumers of journal articles and studies, how to produce quality, publishable research, and how to write fundable grant proposals. Each chapter provides a clear and detailed guide for students, researchers, and professionals, and as a whole Advanced Methods in Family Therapy Research advances the field by teaching readers how to provide evidence that marriage and family therapy not only relieves symptoms, but also effects behavioral change in all family members.
"Advanced Methods in Family Therapy Research Briefly comprehensively and succinctly charts the territory of research methods for assessing couple and family therapy. Richard Miller and Lee Johnson have assembled a superb set of authors who illuminate every aspect of research ranging from basic concepts, such as how to develop research ideas and conduct analyses, to more specialized topics such as cultural adaption research and specific technologies. This book should be an essential great resource for graduate courses in family research and a part of every family researcher’s library." -- Jay Lebow, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychology, The Family Institute at Northwestern and Northwestern University
"Drs. Miller and Johnson have produced a book on the state of the research art in marriage and family therapy. They rightly address the interdependence of family members and the validity of research methods and measurement. The book’s chapters address a broad swath of content and methodological issues in MFT research. Where will the MFT field be if we do not embrace the challenge of conducting rigorous research on our cherished interventions that many of us, myself included, believe are beneficial to our patients? Miller and Johnson’s book should be adopted in MFT programs and inspire junior faculty in their research and guide the next generation of graduate students to take up the cause." -- Cleveland G. Shields, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University, Indiana, USA
"This book should be required reading for all family therapy graduate students and faculty members interested in cutting edge systemic research methods.… Each chapter, written by preeminent scholars, moves the field forward in a profound way; we have needed this book for some time and I’m delighted that Miller and Johnson have decided to take on the responsibility for making this material accessible for family scholars." - Sandra M. Stith, PhD. Professor and Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Kansas State University
Introduction 1. The Importance of Validity, Relationships, and Change in MFT Research L.N. Johnson, R.B. Miller Section I: Foundational Issues 2. Developing a good research idea R.B. Miller, L. Pfeifer 3. Integrating Theory and Research M. Davey, S. Zeytinoglu, L. Lynch 4. Measurement Issues with Couple and Family Level Data D.M. Busby, F.O. Poulsen 5. Ethical Guidelines for Conducting Clinical Research in Relationship-Focused Therapy S.M. Harris, K. Wickel Section II Data Collection6. Recruitment and Retention of Couples and Families in Clinical Research M.M. Olson, R.B. Miller 7. Using Questionnaires in Clinical Couple and Family Research D.Linville, J.L. Todahl, M.E. O’Neil 8. Emergent Technologies in MFT Research C.W. Smith, K. Maxwell, L.N. Johnson 9. Physiological Research in Couple and Family Therapy K.D. Gregson, S.A. Ketring 10. Electroencephalography (EEG) in MFT Research T.S. Parker, K.M. Blackburn, R.J. Werner-Wilson Section III Methodologies 11. Cultural Adaptation Research: A Critical Opportunity for Addressing Mental Health Disparities in the Couple and Family Therapy FieldJ.R. Parra-Cardona, M. Whitehead, A.R. Escobar-Chew, K. Holtrop, S. Lappan, S. Horsford, M.D. Rodríguez, and G. Bernal 12. Randomized clinical trials: Putting MFT Interventions to the Test W.H. Denton 13. Single-Case Research K.D. Mennenga, L.N. Johnson 14. Examining Micro-Change in Clinical Populations Using a Daily Diary Approach J.B. Yorgason, L.N. Johnson, N.R. Hardy 15. Observational Research K.S. Wampler, J.M. Harper 16. Qualitative Research for Family Therapy J.E. Gale, M.L. Dolbin-MacNab 17. Mixed-Methods Clinical Research with Couples and Families M.L. Dolbin-MacNab, J.R. Parra-Cardona, J.E. Gale 18. Community Based Participatory Research: Where Family Therapists can make a Difference D.Robinson, M.M. Olson, R. Bischoff, P. Springer, J. Geske 19. Health Services Research: Optimizing Delivery of Care A. Blow, C. Marchiondo Section IV Analysis20. Applied Statistical Analysis and Interpretation L.N. Johnson, R.B. Miller 21. Missing Data C.M. Wilson, R. H. Barrett, S.C. Stuchell 22. Mediation and Moderation: Conceptual Foundations and Analytical Applications J.R. Anderson, J.A. Durtschi, K.L. Soloski, M.D. Johnson 23. Dyadic or Systemic Data Analysis S.Bartle-Haring, L.M. McWey, J.A. Durtschi 24. Observing Couple and Family Relationships: Data Management and Analysis R.B. Seedall 25. Statistical Analysis with Small Samples R.B. Tambling, S.R. Anderson 26. Integrating Costs into Marriage and Family Therapy Research J.D. Christenson, D.R. Crane